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...discovering old movies one poster at a time

Peruse the hundreds, maybe even thousands whenever I get around to it, of examples of Vintage Movie Lobby Cards spanning the era of silent films to modern slasher flicks, classics, movie monsters, and even foreign posters for favorite films - definitely something for everyone.   

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Entries in Warner Brothers (2)


Saratoga Trunk (1945)

I can't imagine paying money to go to the theater and plunk down my weekend spending money to see a movie called Saratoga Trunk. An adventure surrounding a suitcase? Sounds sexy, eh? I picture a piece of furniture stuffed with baby books, newspaper clippings and weird crocheted odds and ends from my grandmother's house, hardly the makings of a smash hit. However, 1945's Saratoga Trunk certainly sounds like quite the adventure according to TCM....

Beautiful Clio Dulaine arrives in her New Orleans birthplace with one goal: to exact revenge on her father's family, who exiled Clio and her mother to Paris years earlier. There she meets Texas gambler Clint Maroon, who is also looking for revenge. He aims to bring down the railroad baron who ruined his father. These two schemers are made for each other - but it takes them scrapping and sparring through an epic story of blackmail, lies, scandal, high finance and sudden disaster before they finally come together. Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, the stars of For Whom the Bell Tolls, reteam for a lush, lavish romance based on the bestseller by Edna Ferber (Cimarron, Giant). Big stars, big story - that's Saratoga Trunk.

Well, it's got all the ingredients needed to take you on a ride - blackmail, scandal, travel... complete with luggage! Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman are hardly hacks - and this is them in their heyday. If the posters tell the story, then they're definitely joined by a cast of interesting characters. 

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Footlight Parade (1933)

Nobody does it bigger, better or more bodaciously than the master of the stage spectacle, Busby Berkeley. In 1933's Footlight Parade, James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler tap into their musical talents to bring us a pre-code classic that's as good of a movie as it is a musical. James Cagney channels Busby (who choreographs the stunning, kaleidoscopic dance routines) as a Broadway director who comes up with a scheme to break into movies through those very same kaleidoscopic dance routines. 

In an effort to stimulate the show business economy and his own personal economy, out of work theater director James Cagney comes up with a brilliant idea. Stage live relevant prologues to the movies that are being shown at the various movie theaters that are springing up overnight from the old theaters. Some other competitors get wind of it and the competition is on.

It's funny that the Cagney character stages these "live" productions that would never in a bazillion years fit on a theater stage. Huge pools, staircases, waterfalls..., um, I don't think so. Pre-code morals provide a certain sauciness that enhances the snappy dialogue, skimpy bathing suits, timeless tunes and over-the-top visuals in this fun musical. Worth a watch. Plus, filmed in Vitaphone!

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